Web Design Or Web Development – What is The Difference?

August 31, 2021

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If you want to redo your website, you may be wondering if you need a web designer or a web developer. Is there a difference between web design and web development? Does it matter what type of agency or freelancer you work with? Let’s discuss the basic differences between website design and web development now in this guide from Australian Internet Advertising.

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Web Designers Primarily Focus On How A Website Looks

First, let’s discuss the basics of web design. Web designers are primarily responsible for creating the theme, design, images, and layout of a website.

They focus on creating the visual elements of the website using graphic design tools, and typically have a deep knowledge of things like branding, user interface design, branding, SEO (search engine optimization) and other such concepts.

Many web designers are also UX (user experience) designers. UX designers are a specialized subset of web designers who focus on how a website functions – and use modern best practices to hold the attention of users and encourage them to continue using your website.

While some web designers may also have some basic coding skills for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, most of them do not have a lot of experience with coding languages and are a bit more limited in their expertise when it comes to the technical side of things.

Web Developers Are Responsible For Building The Functionality Of Websites

Web designers are responsible for how a website looks and feels – but web developers work to implement these concepts and designs and create a functioning website based on the designs created by the web designer.

To use a simple analogy, consider a car. The web designer is responsible for building the exterior and interior of the car – for making it look and feel a specific way when it’s being driven.

But a web developer is more like an engineer, building the transmission, engine and steering system and other components that actually make the car (or website, in this analogy) function properly.

Basically, designers usually only design the website – then the design created by the designer is implemented by the developer. Typically, web developers are typically categorized into two specialisations:

  • Front-end web developer – A front-end web developer creates the various “front end” elements of the website, like individual web pages and themes, usually using a content management system like WordPress, as well as programming languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Back-end web developer – Back-end developers create the “back end” components of a website, such as databases and other core technologies that power the user-facing part of the website. Usually, they know more coding languages, learning PHP, Python, Ruby and Ruby On Rails, and Java as part of their jobs.

There are also “full stack developers” who have experience with both front-end development and back-end web development, but they are a bit less common and harder to find. 

Designers And Developers Should Work Together For The Best Results

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So, do you need a web design company, or a web development company? Ideally, you should choose a company that offers both web designers and developers! You’ll always get better results when you have both designers and developers working on your project.

This is because your designers can focus on things like the user experience and ensuring the website’s design and branding are perfect, while your web development team can work to build a fully-functional website based on these designs.

If you design and develop a website simultaneously with web developers and designers, you’ll enjoy a smoother project with fewer surprises and stumbling blocks – and get a better overall result.

Need A Web Design Company In Australia? Australian Internet Advertising Can Help!

At Australian Internet Advertising, we specialise in web design and web development in Australia, and our team can design and develop a website that will exceed your expectations, and set your business up for success.

As a leading digital marketer and web design/development agency in Australia, you can trust Australian Internet Advertising to deliver the best results. Contact us online or give us a ring at 1300 304 640 to get started right away.

Billy P.

About The Author

William Polson founded Australian Internet Advertising in 2013 and has over 12 years of experience immersed in Digital Marketing.

With an in-depth level of digital marketing knowledge, William has been sort after by and worked for, many large national brands including Subaru, Blooms The Chemist, and Nova 96.9.

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